A HISTORIC church has held its final service - after serving the community for 120 years.

Weddings, funerals, Sunday schools and weekly services have been held at Carlton Methodist Chapel for more than a century.

But due to dwindling numbers and expensive running costs, its doors have now closed after Sunday's final service.

Lifelong member Gwen Ogley, 88, was among those at the service. She grew up in Carlton and she and husband Dereck, 86, still went to the church despite moving to Notton.

Their son, Rev Nigel Ogley, lead the service in a fitting goodbye to the building.

From choir practice to playing the piano, to pantomimes and replacing the gas lights, Gwen remembers many happy times there - it's where she was married too.

Gwen said members of the chapel decided to merge with the congregation at Laithes Crescent Methodist Church in Athersley in 2009. As a result services have alternated between the two churches.

But Deacon Debbie Marsh said this has not been sustainable and the chapel needs to close.

"In some ways it's quite sad but in other ways, because we've amalgamated, we've not lost the sense of being a church."